Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

McCoist full of praise for Lafferty

Ally McCoist has hailed Kyle Lafferty’s contribution to the Northern Ireland cause — despite the fact that it has ultimately been to Rangers’ detriment.

Lafferty was outstanding in Poland last Saturday, scoring a terrific goal in without a doubt his best display in a green shirt.

However, a knee injury picked up early in the second half of that game saw him sit out Wednesday night’s disappointing defeat to Slovakia and he’ll also be on the sidelines for his club’s trip to Motherwell tomorrow, having already missed the opening three SPL games through suspension.

Gers assistant boss McCoist said: “I spoke to Kyle on Monday and on Tuesday and then I gave myself a day off on Wednesday.

“I believe he is progressing very nicely. He has seen the doc and has spoken to the physio. But I would have to say he is probably doubtful for Saturday.”

He added: “I watched him at the weekend and I thought he was absolutely superb. He was outstanding in the first half against Poland.

“I watched the whole thing and it was another glorious failure for one of the home nations.

“I thought they were magic against Poland. They deserved to win the game and should have won the game but lost a late goal as well.”

McCoist, meanwhile, has told Rangers fans they can expect to see new signing Jerome Rothen in action in this weekend's clash against Motherwell.

The Scottish champions swooped to sign the winger in a surprise loan move from Paris St Germain on transfer deadline day, after claiming on numerous occasions they would not be adding to their squad over the summer.

Rothen was a star of Monaco's run to the 2004 Champions League final, his performances earning him a move that summer to PSG, and he was also a member of France's European Championship squads in 2004 and 2008.

With such an impressive pedigree, expectations will be high and supporters look set to finally see him in action in the early kick-off at Fir Park.

“He certainly has a big chance,” said McCoist.

“He has trained for a couple of days and has looked fine.

“There are a couple of bits and pieces to be sorted there but I would certainly think he would be involved at the weekend.”

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